John 16:16-22

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A New Disposition

New Beginnings

I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

I've always been a “glass-half-empty” kind of guy. I don't believe that is a bad thing; I just consider myself to be a realist. My good friend, Jason, however, is more of a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. Our third friend, Norm, considered himself to be a “glass-half-full-of-pee” kind of guy, which really was, he joked, the worst of both perspectives. But what does the glass half empty or half full really mean anyway? According to the internet, the idioms are common expressions, proverbial phrases, “generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for Pessimism (half empty) or Optimism (half full), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual's worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.”

Jesus forecasted a change in the disciples' disposition based on which side of the resurrection they would view their relationship with Him. After the cross and before the resurrection, Jesus said they would be mournful and grieve, but after the resurrection, their grief would turn to joy, they would have a new disposition. Of course, they weren't told why they would experience this change of perspective, only that they would. In reality the same is true for us. Before we trust in a resurrected Christ, our disposition will be much worse than after we trust in the resurrected Christ. Easter reminds us that we have the opportunity to reflect on the new disposition God gives us because of our trust in Him.